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Here’s The Scoop…Commission Meeting #2….10/28/08….The Real Deal…Hero That Is…

THE HERO STEPS UP TO THE PLATE…..AND THEN TO THE PODIUM…

Mark Mitchell…..Citizen….

Major in the Air Force….. http://www.clovislegion.org/

a pilot for Jet Blue….http://www.transparent.com/TLBlog/Portuguese/2008/03/the-danger-of-direct-translation.html

came to the podium last night to speak …

It was like an E.F. Hutton commercial….silence…..shock….and awe…….

This was the real hero…both for coming to the aid of the drowning victim in the ocean…and again to come to this Commission meeting to relate the truth of what occurred ……..

Major Mitchell …prefaced his account by acknowledging the bravery and courage of the VFD….BSO and the citizens…who showed their “willingness to assist a human in need”…saying to him there is “no greater good than that.”….

He said he was a citizen…”not here to play politics”….”not in the position to do that”…he wanted to “set the record straight”…”through the truth”… as he went on to tell the facts…how he alone had the lifesaving equipment…how he fought to bring the victim in…and as he got close to shore… he saw lights…off in the distance…feeling confident help was on the way…. many public safety providers “formed up on the beach”…but no response was coming in the water….he called out to call 911…hoping EMS would show up…yelling out what was needed to aid the victim……..from 30 feet away….he acknowledged the Vice Mayor coming into the water…up to his chest…but also acknowledged how incapacitated McIntee was arriving on shore…saying he was “gassed”…in need of medical attention himself……McIntee exited the water and laid out on the beach….

The dramatic account …continued with Mark Mitchell observing and calling for further help for the woman……observing condensation building up on her mask….she was not getting oxygen…it had not been turned on…then he walked over to McIntee…who was asking for a second oxygen cannister….as no VFD responded….no one was able to help the Vice Mayor….Mitchell continued to assist with McIntee…then returned to the victim…still struggling …grabbing at her mask…traumatized… water in her lungs…. he observed there were problems in the lines overlooked by the VFD as those lines were tangled up in the straps applied to her legs….

Major Mitchell put the Vice Mayor in his place when he addressed McIntee’s call to him that evening …when McIntee proudly told him they had 22 respondents to the incident..it elicited this straight forward response from Major Mitchell…without those “22 respondents having adequate training…equipment…and physical ability it is near criminal!”…OUCH!….

He emphatically told this town…”we cannot put a price tag on lives.”……”It’s time we pay the price for proper training,equipment and personnel.”….

Asked about the victim…he told all…she was expected to released today…after suffering not only a near drowning…but a mild heart attack…

BCbythesea…it seems that this very lucky lady…is going home today thanks to the real hero…Major Mark Mitchell….standing on the beach that day…and standing at the podium this evening in Jarvis Hall……

http://video.aol.com/video-detail/train-to-be-a-beach-lifeguard/3134870208

more to come….

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